The Poppies at The Tower of London – Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red

2014 marks the centenary of the start of the First World War. A hundred years ago hundreds of thousands of people, millions of people gave their lives for their country. Whether you believe this installation is a good (whatever that word means) way of commemorating the War, there is no doubt that it caught people’s imaginations. I went during the peak weekend and I could barely breath, there were that many people. Now, as poppies are being removed the crowds are a lot less.

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I arrived at The Tower of London just as the sun was setting and in that time between light and dark the whole area was magical.

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IMG_2437.JPGThanks to the public not all of the poppies are going to be removed until the end of November. However seeing green was actually really jarring. IMG_2439.JPG

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IMG_2446.JPGThe first time I went I wasn’t able to see this waterfall because I couldn’t get through the crowds. I am so glad that I was able to see it today.

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This whole installation is to make sure we don’t ever forget the sacrifice so many people from all over the world made. I don’t need an installation to remember and I am sure it is the same for many people but this was a beautiful, stark way of remembering. The sheer number of poppies grounded a figure in reality and gave it meaning.

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